Aug 10 2009

Custom homemade granola

granola

Lately, I’ve been noshing on granola for breakfast — the cardboard box variety.

I wanted to see if I could make a yummier homemade version, and one without nuts so my husband could enjoy some, too.

I searched for a bunch of granola recipes, and I’ve found that at its most basic level, they’re all pretty much the same.

You’ll want to combine some type of oil with some type of sweetener (honey, maple syrup, or a simple sugar syrup). Use it to coat some rolled oats or rolled wheat, bake it, and add some mix-ins.

After I made today’s batch, I found that I’ll need more oil/honey to make it clump together better.

I added 1/2 c each of sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Once baked, I added 1/2c each of coconut flakes, dried bananas, raisins, chocolate chips (!), and a small amount of dried goji berries. Oh, and a dash of cinnamon.

It’s pretty tasty!

Since I have so many ingredients in mine, I don’t think my version is necessarily cheaper than a store-bought batch of granola. But, for what’s in it, I do think the homemade version is a better value.

The oats are fairly cheap and I got my mix-ins from the bulk bin at the grocery for a reasonable price.

What do you like in granola?



7 Responses to “Custom homemade granola”

  1. Your husband is allergic to nuts too? I had no idea. My DH is allergic to nuts, so anything Kashi isn’t allowed in the house (Have you checked- EVERYTHING they make has nuts, as far as I’ve seen) and he’s allergic to bananas, so banana nut bread would pretty much kill him.

    I’m glad you had success with the granola recipe! I’ve tried granola twice, following directions the best I can, and burned it twice. Alas.

    The new site design is spiffy!

  2. We’re pretty certain he has a tree nut allergy, though he’s only been tested for peanuts (and is not allergic to those). Moments after eating cashews, he felt awful and his throat hurt and not sure what else. It was dramatic. So, pending confirmation, we’re avoiding all tree nuts to be on the safe side.

    All granolas I’ve seen have nuts. What’s up with that?

    If you try granola again, maybe do it on a lower heat. I did it at 350 today but I’ve seen recipes calling for 325. And maybe tinker with the oil/syrup amount and combo.

    I’m still working on the design, but I’m glad you like it so far!

  3. I’ve thought about trying it but haven’t because I suspect I’d just make a mess. :) Maybe someday though. Glad your recipe turned out well!

  4. Oh ho ho! I LOVE homemade granola. I have my own yummy coveted recipe. Maybe I’ll share it this fall. My fave ingredients are different flaked grains and dates and raisins. Yum!

  5. Oh this looks soooo good! I’m allergic to nuts too, so am going to give this a try! Can you tell me what temp/how long to bake for??

    Thanks for sharing! Yum!

  6. Great new look! I’ve been “away” from your blog for awhile, but I love the nice, new colors.

    I make a simple granola out of Grape Nuts. I’m [again!] trying new ways to get it to taste good with less fat and less sugar. I also like Almond flavoring AND vanilla. I usually put toasted almonds, unsweetened coconut and some dried fruit, but I also leave some just plain for in prepackaged fruit yogurts.

  7. Quite a few of my family members are allergic to nuts as well, so this is a great idea. I know the pre-made granola we find in stores always contains a “trace of nuts” so this is something we always have to look out for. Since I love granola, I am definitely going to try making a homemade batch. Should be wonderful! Thanks for sharing. :) You should consider setting up a http://bit.ly/4bybHr poll for your readers. I find them pretty useful and also fun for voting!

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